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Your Best Year Yet!: Ten Questions for Making the Next Twelve Months Your Most Successful Ever Paperback – January 1, 2000
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"Everyone should know the feeling of overcoming fear and mastering something. People who aren't taught that become soggy."
Five years ago, I picked up this book on a whim for about six pounds in Mysteries bookshop near Seven Dials in London. Shortly before new year's eve, I got together with a few friends and went through the ten questions listed on the back cover of the book, creating in the process a one-page "Best Year Yet" plan.
Not only was the next year my best year yet, I have repeated the process every December since, (sometimes on my own, sometimes with friends), and each passing year has once again become my "best year yet".
Last year for the first time my business partner and I sat down and did the process for our then suffering enterprise; suffice it to say that despite the occasional hiccup, our bank manager is once again our friend!
The author is also an executive coach, and while many of the models she uses are not original, (she borrows particularly heavily from Steven Covey's seven habits), they are universally useful and occasionally reap (for me) surprising results. Despite the interesting stories, examples, and insights, this is far more of a "doing" book than a "reading" book, and it includes a complete do it youself Best Year Yet workshop in the back.
Beyond highly recommended!
While a `role driven' method of goal-setting is a useful approach (and certainly novel to me), I felt it somewhat limiting to someone who is not new to this area. For example, one of my goals for the year is to do yoga twice a week. I would have to view one of my roles as that of a `yogi' to set a goal for yoga. And labelling myself `yogi' is a stretch - pun unintentional. But the role-based goal setting is a useful complement to regular goal-setting exercises.
That said, the self-assessment chart of how one performs in various roles provides a compelling visual and is a vivid motivator for change. The course / book is structured such that it leads to a single page of goals.
The commentary accompanying the exercises is occasionally verbose and perhaps even tedious. The points however are useful and the book would benefit from distilling questions / issues that lead to meaningful answers. The author has a wealth of knowledge, accumulated by conducting goal-setting seminars and talking to many hundreds of participants. This can be organized in a better way.
The entire effort took more than 3 hours (more than 6 for me) that the author promises - time well spent. Some exercises require reflection / self-awareness particularly when responding to questions such as `list the key values you uphold, in order of importance'.
Overall, for someone who is not familiar with goal-setting, this book provides a very useful process to goal-setting. For compulsive goal-setters this book offers interesting and different a viewpoint, which will undoubtedly strengthen the goal-setting process.
It took me well over the suggested 3 hours to complete the exercises, although I did it progressively as I read each chapter. While not "ground-breaking" this book is definitely "life-changing". In hindsight, I knew this stuff already. I just couldn't seem to do anything about it, and this book offered the clarity and direction I needed. I will use this book every year.
A criticism might be that it is fairly basic stuff that we know already, but answering the various lists of questions here brings new clarity and confidence about what is going on, or not going on, in one's life. Parts one and two are preparation for "the ten best year yet questions" in part three. These are basically all about looking honestly at your life, seeing clearly what works and what doesn't, then setting clear and specific goals in different areas over the next 12 months.
If, like me, you are someone who loves reading these kind of books but finds that it often seems to take rather a lot of hard work to put the ideas into practice, I recommend Your Best Year Yet! Inevitably I did not achieve some of my goals for the last 12 months, but the considerable improvements I did make (plus increased clarity about goals for the future) were partly due to getting a realistic focus from this book.
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Love the process! It gets confusing to have one role to focus on, and then write a bunch of goals that aren't directly related to it.Published 5 months ago by Kathleen M. Schlund
Really useful tools for analyzing where you've been and where you want to be -- and strategies for getting there.Published 5 months ago by Ryan Essex
Really gets you to dig in to what your goals are and why. It's a fast read. I used a notebook for my notes and plan to re-read it and use it again for next year.Published 6 months ago by mydogtate
I just picked this book up at the mailbox and I opened it to a random page and this is what I read, "What changes do I need to make in the way I operate? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dee
A tried and true system, and you can make a good start on it in the three hours she suggests. I gave away the copy I used for six years, and had to replace it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mia Van Meter
A really inspiring book, especially for a group to follow. I highly recommend it.Published 17 months ago by Judy Grande
I just bought another copy. I used it years ago and it was great. I really want to get into it again. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Colin Donohue